Thursday, May 20, 2010

Menu for Romance

Kaye Dacus follows up her debut novel Stand-In Groom with this lovely new offering in the "Brides of Bonneterre" series, Menu for Romance.

Publisher's Summary:
After eight years of unrequited love, Meredith Guidry decides it’s time to move on, to try to find someone who’ll love her in return. So she makes a prayerful New Year’s resolution to meet someone new and end her single status by year’s end. And when the handsome contractor she hires to finish remodeling her house asks her out, it looks like her prayer may have been answered. But dating the handsome contractor doesn’t seem to do anything to lessen Meredith’s feelings toward a certain chef she works with every day.
Executive Chef Major O’Hara has foresworn relationships, knowing he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his. When he’s offered the opportunity of a lifetime—to open his own restaurant—he must weigh his family responsibilities and feelings for Meredith with the desire to move forward in his career. Should he leave his comfortable job—and Meredith—for this once in a lifetime chance? And can he create a menu for romance to win Meredith back before he loses her forever? Will God serve up a solution before it’s too late?
Meredith Guidry, caterer extraordinaire, is at war - at war with herself! She is fighting her feelings for her Executive Chef, Major O'Hara; she's fighting her desire for true love. She even fights her own family! But when she decides to do something about it, sparks are flying everywhere.
I love Meredith's character, but there are times she frustrated me. Fortunately, she's a lovable gal and so very spunky! It's nice that she gets her own novel this time around.
Major has his own issues, and for the most part, I can understand why he is motivated to keep his family situation a secret. That doesn't make me any less frustrated with him throughout the novel, however.
And John Wayne. What else can be said about the Duke, except he makes a fine character in this novel.
We get to revisit the Guidry family in all its sibling-rivalry beauty. I enjoyed my second visit to Bonneterre, and I look forward to future offerings from this lovely, enjoyable author.
It's a romance, a Southern family novel, a comedy, a spiritual journey, and an atypical love story.
To read an excerpt from this delightful novel, click here.
To learn more about Kaye, visit her website.

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